It’s that time of year when students come to my office and ask about summer internships in Africa. Lately I’ve advised them to try to work in a government ministry, central bank, or African-owned company. I suspect no one ever contacts these places, and that the experience is a useful one. Even if it’s bad it’s good.
Perhaps others have better advice. Please comment away. Advice you give your students? A story on how you got your own summer job?
One thing is for sure, this kind of internship strains my patience. $10,000 for 10 weeks of work delivering laptops? (1) That’s 100 laptops right there; (2) $10,000 goes a LONG way in Rwanda; and (3) this strikes me as a job an African would benefit from doing.
If you want really horrible ideas, I can’t even bear to write about this.